How Cotton Wool came to Lift-Off
Nick’s story with Lift-Off began back in 2017, when his debut feature Northern Lights screened at Manchester Lift-Off. His next project Cotton Wool impressed the Lift-Off judges (and audiences) yet again, and ended up screening in Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival 2019, before being awarded a further screening in Los Angeles with Nick receiving a Best Director Season Award nomination.
Having finished its successful festival run, with no sale agents or distributors attached, the Cotton Wool team are open and excited for conversations to begin.
About the Writer and Director
Nicholas Connor’s film work has screened at over 50 film festivals globally where he has personally won 31 awards with 55 nominations.
At just 16 years of age he wrote and directed hour-long drama ‘Northern Lights’, which won multiple awards including ‘Film of the Year’ at UK Monthly Film Festival.
In 2017, Nicholas was awarded the Into Film ‘Ones to Watch’ Award 2017 Sponsored by EON Productions (James Bond) presented by Barbara Broccoli and Charles Dance.
In the same year, he wrote & directed ‘Cotton Wool’ starring Leanne Best (Star Wars), Crissy Rock (I’m a Celebrity), Kate Rutter (I, Daniel Blake, The Full Monty) & Max Vento (The A Word). The film won the ‘Special Jury Prize’ at the London Film Awards and Nicholas went on to win ‘Best Director’ at the European Independent Film Awards.
‘Cotton Wool’ has to this date, won 37 awards with 60 nominations and 25 official selections. Most recently the film won 6 awards at ‘New York Film Awards’, including Best Picture and a further 4 awards at the Global Independent Film Awards including Best Drama. Receiving 5 awards at ‘LA Film Awards’ including ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Actress’ as well as screening in the British Independent Film Festival at Empire Leicester Square. Nicholas and the film were featured on BBC News Nationwide and received the ‘Humanity Award’ for Film at New Renaissance Film Festival (previously won by the Oscar Winning ‘The Silent Child’).
ScreenCritix gave the film ★★★★★, calling Nicholas one of the ‘UK’s Hottest Prospects’. UK Film Review awarded the film the ‘Best Short Film of 2018’, stating it was ‘Utterly enrapturing’, ’Affecting and heart-breaking’.
Nicholas has been working on various productions such as Star Wars Episode 9, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Hitman 2 and Alex Garland’s new TV Series DEV’s. In 2018, he was invited to Kay Mellor’s Writersroom, assisting Mrs Mellor (Band of Gold, The Syndicate, Fat Friends) and her company in developing and brainstorming ideas for a new TV Series. He began his career 5 years ago, coming into the industry as a Script Supervisor.
Nicholas was awarded the 'UK Inspirational Children and Young Peoples Award' for ‘Arts and Culture’ in 2018 and was made a BAFTA Mentee.
Having studied Directing at the renowned ‘National Film and Television School BFI Academy’, Nicholas made the film ’The Narrator’ which premiered at the British Film Institute and is now on the festival circuit.
Directed by: Nicholas Connor
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Runtime: 39 minutes
Synopsis: A single mother suffers a devastating stroke leaving her teenage daughter and 7-year-old son to care for her, testing the family's strength to hold things together as roles are reversed.